A Book to Color, first story was the second licensed Star Trek: The Original Series story. Published by Saalfield Publishing in 1967, it was the first of three untitled coloring book stories appearing in the anthology A Book to Color. The story was subsequently revised in 1975 with added details and changes to the sequence of events.

In this story, the USS Enterprise rediscovered a lost planet of circus performers.


Nyota Uhura detected what appeared to be a floating circus tent and a man on a flying carpet. Records suggested that a nearby lost planet could be inhabited by circus performers. They beamed down and were welcomed by natives, all of whom appeared happy and were dressed as part of a circus. A police officer told them to blend in if they wanted to visit.

A native provided them with a variety of clothing, so Spock dressed as a pirate with an eye patch, Leonard McCoy as a dog trainer, Hikaru Sulu as an acrobat, and James T. Kirk and Nyota Uhura as clowns. The landing party saw that farms were well-kept and crops were healthy. They saw a unicycle rider, an elephant being washed, and a pair of clowns singing a duet. Before they departed, they were reminded that being thoughtful and kind led to happiness.



James T. KirkLeonard McCoySpockHikaru SuluNyota Uhura

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • unicycle


Referenced only 
Earth (Starfleet Headquarters) • Venus

Races and culturesEdit

HumanOmicron nativeVulcan

States and organizationsEdit

Starfleet (command divisionoperations divisionsciences division)

Science and technologyEdit

computerlibrary computertransportertricorder

Ranks and titlesEdit

captainclownkingpolice officerStarfleet ranksFederation Starfleet ranks (2260s)

Other referencesEdit

assignment patchbeambookbridgecastlecircusdogdoughnutelephantfarmflowerflying carpethistoryhumanoidkingdomlemonadepirateplanetsingingspacestarfleet uniformStarfleet uniform (2265-2270)transporter roomwateryear



Production historyEdit

Printed as the first of three stories in A Book to Color (Saalfield Publishing)
Updated as the first of two stories in the anthology Coloring Book C1862 (Saalfield Publishing)



Edition differencesEdit

  • Natives' history
    • In the 1967 edition, records reported that a lost spacecraft of circus performers en route to Venus in the 18th century became stranded on an unknown planet. The flying circus tent illustration represented a vessel that the Enterprise followed back to the planet, the location where the performers' descendants lived.
    • In the 1975 edition, a planet of circus performers mysteriously disappeared in the 2160s, and when the Enterprise came across a planet that looked like a floating circus tent, the planet was rediscovered. Using the circus tent illustration to represent a planet raised the question of how and why the planet looked that way. Possibly it was holographically generated, such as the projected serpent image around Kukulkan's starship, or simply artistic license. Imaging technology might explain why the planet had disappeared.
  • Dressing up
    • In the 1967 edition, the landing party dressed in circus clothes prior to beaming down to blend in. When the police officer asked who they were, they removed the outfits and revealed that they were explorers from Earth who wanted to learn about their culture without causing any interference.
    • In the 1975 edition, they beamed down in Starfleet uniforms, but the police officer encouraged them to dress in circus clothes.
  • Natives' reaction to intruders
    • In the 1967 edition, natives were fearful of outsiders and immediately alerted police when Kirk asked for directions to their leader.
    • In the 1975 edition, natives welcomed the outsiders.
  • Use of "Omicron"
  • Character introductions

Related storiesEdit



Published Order
Previous story:
first story
TOS coloring book stories by Saalfield Publishing Next story:
A Book to Color, second story

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